USF nurses who provide disaster assistance to victims of Hurricane Agatha in Guatemala in May were recently honored for their courage by the American Red Cross.
A group of University of San Francisco nurses who provided disaster assistance when a
hurricane hit Guatemala this spring has been honored by the American Red Cross
Bay Area Chapter and San Francisco County civic leaders for its courage.
Four USF nursing students and
Linda Walsh, associate professor of nursing at USF and a midwife, responded
quickly by setting aside the prenatal care campaign that was the basis for
their immersion trip to the country to offer emergency assistance when Tropical
Storm Agatha hit San Lucas, Guatemala May 29.
The storm buried crops across
the region, blocked roads preventing relief from arriving, and killed more than
150 people in Guatemala alone, before moving on to El Salvador and Honduras.
Walsh and her students (who
were housed safely on solid ground at San Lucas Mission) nimbly adjusted their
focus to do what they could to aid relief efforts.
In a ceremony last month at
the Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel in San Francisco, Walsh and her students
were honored at the San Francisco County Heroes Breakfast where they received
the Act of Courage Hero, Organization award.
“I am truly humbled by the
recognition given to the USF School of Nursing’s efforts to assist the
community of San Lucas Toliman as they responded to the disaster of mudslides
and devastation brought about by tropical storm Agatha,” Walsh said. “I'm
humbled because what we did was what nurses do every day across the world –
assess situations that threaten the health of individuals, families, and
communities and intervene as necessary for the good of the people.”
To read more about the
nursing students’ response during Agatha, click here.